There has been a series of damning court judgments in the past 12 months exposing the government’s systematic failure to uphold the constitutionally protected land rights of the poor and vulnerable.

Section 25 of the constitution is not just about property rights. It also creates the right to security of tenure and restitution for those harmed by past racial discrimination. It imposes a duty on the government to take steps to provide for equitable access to land — in other words to redistribute land from those who have too much to those who have none.

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